FALLING IN LOVE WITH FALL…
Perhaps no one loves the changing of the seasons more than I. The smell of the crisp leaves burning to an ash from your neighbors’ yard, the crunching of the dried fallen leaves under-foot as you kick-step your way down a winding path that is littered with Autumns’ foliage. Also, the chill in the air that signals to all, that winter is soon to make its d’ebut into the year. As this time comes near many of us query to oneself, “why do we get or are so blessed with this bounty of colors?” I am sure that most of us have learned while in Sabbath School, that God created the earth and all that is therein… But still how does it happen, through what wonderous of creation and science.
As I am have learned (and I am sure you did too), in Grammar School your teacher taught you that “leaves make food for the trees”. Then some kid in class probed “O’kay, but why are leaves green sometimes and change colors later? Another student analyzed, with the mind of only a 7 year-old could, and queried, “is it because they have finished feeding the trees?”. The teacher would give a small grin and tilt her head and responded to us, “not quite; but the leaves that do change colors in the fall, do so because of a chemical called “chlorophyll”. Then as the teacher peered into our inquisitive faces, she knew she captured our interest, and further taught that “chlorophyll is the pigment that turns the green leaves their green color AND makes food for the trees, during the Spring and Summer the leaves of trees are able to receive more light because the days are longer; then later chlorophyll begins to disappear; and during the Fall-when the days become shorter, they get less. light…and this is how we get the other colors: yellow, brown, orange and red. Our teacher went on to state that “these colors where always there during the summer; but the green covered them up! Of course, as a child, I thought that my Teacher, next to my mother, must me the smartest person in the whole world! LOL!
However, if my small trip down Memory Lane, did not help you; here is a poster I found that may help you understanding why we get these beautiful colors in the Fall or Autumn.
FYI: “According to Wikipedia, Autumn is is one of the four temperate seasons. Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter, in September (Northern Hemisphere) or March (Southern Hemisphere) when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier…According to United States tradition, autumn runs from the day after Labor Day (i.e. the Tuesday following the first Monday of September) through Thanksgiving (i.e. the fourth Thursday in November), after which the holiday season that demarcate the unofficial beginning of winter begins..”
YKSD Physical Science Chapter 6 Introduction, “How Matter Changes“
Simple right, or not so simple…well to educate you more. now some Hight School stuff, which I shall attempt to make it as simple as possible. You heard the term “the darker the berry the sweeter the juice, well there is something to that because sweetness means sugar, and sugar means photosynthesis. Darker leaves and fruits have more sugar and thus more process of photosynthesis.
In photosynthesis there are three distinct phases. These phases include receiving light, converting it into nutrients and releasing waste products back into the atmosphere. According to Dictionary .com, photosynthesis is the complex process by which carbon dioxide, water, and certain inorganic salts are converted into carbohydrates by green plants, algae, and certain bacteria, using energy from the sun and chlorophyll.
1. Receiving Light: In the first phase of photosynthesis, a plant absorbs ambient light. The amount of light the plant can absorb depends on its pigmentation; darker colored plants can absorb more light.
2. Converting it into nutrients: In the second phase of photosynthesis, a plant converts absorbed light into chemical energy. According to David Clark, professor of Microbiology at Southern Illinois University, plants facilitate a chemical reaction involving light, soil nutrients and water during this phase that includes splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen atoms.
3. Releasing waste product back into the atmosphere: In the third phase of photosynthesis, a plant takes carbon dioxide, or CO2, from the atmosphere to aid in the chemical reaction. Light is not necessary for this process, known as CO2 reduction, and this phase leads to the production of carbohydrates. The plant releases a byproduct, oxygen, back into the atmosphere as waste.
FYI: The chemical process for photosynthesis: 6 CO2 + 6 H20 + (light energy) + C6H1206 + 602
Photosynthesis means “putting together with light.” In photosynthesis, plants use the energy of the sun, water and carbon dioxide from the air to make their own food, which they use to grow. In the process, they release oxygen, which is part of the air we breathe in, as well as sugar, which is the plant’s food. Photosynthesis is vital for all living things by maintaining the oxygen level of the atmosphere. So take a deep breath! (lol)!
Leaves on plants and trees can’t change color unless they are exposed to light. Choose a tree with large leaves that changes color in the fall, such as maple place it near a window that receives sunlight then place another similar in an area that does NOT receive sunlight…notice after a week the growth…that is why we should all take another deep breath and be thankful we have trees with leaves.
All the science aside, we know that a leaf changing color is part of a chemical reaction. Above is an example of how a leaf gradually changes its color from Green to Yellow, Orange, and Brown…then falls when dead and at its darkest color.
Varying fall temperatures and precipitation amounts affect the intensity of colors (Kate Smith).
FYI: Leaves of many plants will vary significantly — from gold to orange to crimson — depending upon the ratio of carotenoids to anthocyanins in each leaf. carotenoids (which produce yellow, orange and brown colors) and anthocyanins (which provide reds and purples) (syracuse.com).
Finally enough about biology, chemistry and all other sciences…lets get to STYLE; and how it changes as the season changes…is that a science too! During Fall you may notice certain things falling away as well as the leaves fall to the ground. The end of summer signals a time to say good-bye to Tank Shirts, Shorts, and Flip-Flops….and hello to Sweaters, Long Pants, and Boots! The great thing is that you are covered stylish and cute. Also, time to take care of your skin and hair.
Falling in Love with your inner Fashionista
Fall is a wonderful season but it is a cooler season…therfore you got to get cool with your fashion! As Fall falls away, we reflect on the season’s harvest of our lives. As the leaves turns colors so does our wardrobe. The colors of our wardrobe change to deeper tones as well as autumn’s colors change for the season. This is the time of the year where the root vegetables become more abundant, with their substantial nourishment to replenish us from a summer of long sunny days and expansive activities. Now we turn to indoor activities instead of those that relate strictly to outdoors.
Now is the season of our content and comfort…our comfy comfort that is… Ladies can swaddle themselves in scarves, hug themselves in oversize sweaters, pull-overs and ponchos.
Blend the traditional Fall colors of Midnight Black, Chocolate Browns, Smokey Grays and Dark deepest Blues with a POP of color to draw visual appear and flair (much like the photograph to your Right).
or…pair a bright colorful corduroy skinny pant with an oatmeal colored bulky Cable Knit Sweater like the one on the Right!
Whether you wear these bold tones with a Corduroy longer maxi skirt or with a Knit Mini with Bright Tights…this is the look to “fall” for…
…word on the street is…that you stay warm; but look hot in the Fall season. Remember a woman does not have to show cleavage, legs or any kind of skin to be sexy; her self confidence, security in herself, and intelligence allows her to show that and more! In other words do not confuse “sexy” with “slutty” (lol)…no one needs to see your boob tattoos–keep it under wraps like a gift (lol).
Rock the look of a Cropped Jacket…whether it is corduroy, wool, or leather… this look can imbue the colors of fall and elongates your torso (now shorties like me can appear leggy) lol!
whether you wear your cropped jacket with a bright skirt, blue denim or with Shorts & Tights, feel free to add accessories that pulls the look together. For example a knit cap and scarf is not only whether appropriate; but fashion apropos!
So ladies head on out to T J Maxx, Target, Marshalls and The Rack® and grab a corduroy Cropped Jacket, Dark-wash Pants, snuggly long scarf, and an oversized slouchy handbag…don’t forget a pair of Dark Brown tortoise-shelled pair of shades…now you got the look of Fall!
However, just before Fall, or pre-Fall sometimes called “indian summer”, you may still get away with cute sweaters with scarves, gloves and hat to boot! Just remember besides styling, staying warm should be your main objective. Because smart and intelligent ladies dress warmly and care more about their health and less about having their chest on display—-but you can still do it with flair and pizzaz!
Think you have to be skinny to wear “Skinny Jeans”; don’t Fall for it…but rock it!
Great thing about Fall, if you are like me and not at your desired weight, Fall allows you to cover-up and “hide-out in the open” (lol)
Now, plus-size comes in cute Fall clothing too. Psst…grab a flared leather skirt for all parties you plan to attend. These skirts are so “in” and “hip” at the same time and can be paired with virtually any Top, Shirt. or Turtle-neck Sweater. Lastly, “stand to attention” with the Military look–but rock it in a different color than green while making the other ladies “green with envy” because of your fall stlyle (lol)!
Grab a Fall fashion plaid shirt in several colors (slip on a lace body shaping tee with it to feminize the look)…and buy a sweater that has a modern construction like the one pictured to your Right.
Luckily accessories see no weight (lol)!
Just as there are colorful pops of color in the Fall…I will suggest to let your accessories pop too!
Large oversized Bags, Purses, Handbags and Clutches are the look for the Fall season, and the reason:…where else can you store your extra tubes of lotions, creams, lip balms and mittens, ear muffs, scarf and Hand Sanitizer!
Your handbag or purse does not have to be the only thing that POPS; but your footwear can too (wear this Fall looks above on a causal days with skinny jeans or pants).
…Or put your feet in a dressier shoe, one that fully covers your feet or strap on some boots!
…to heel or not to hell, that is the question….I will let you decide. As for me being 5′ 3″ I need to heel (well a little heel about 2-3 inches of it)
One look that is in vogue are shoe boots…I suggest purchasing those with traction–since afterall…safety is always best!
Fall into an updated makeup look with vibrant & cool colors for the Fall season!
…bright and vibrant colors is beautiful on any and all skin tones and colors…therefore if you are “white” as a Snowflake to dark brown as a Hershey bar…you can rock the POP!
Just a suggestion…if you POP the Lip Color, you can go easy on the cheeks. Remember the Lips needs to be at the center stage to truly POP!
However, I am an eye person and I know that the “eyes have it”. Although the “smokey eye” is still in vogue–it is less smokey and has a bit of sparkle for the upcoming season of shine!
“When smokes get in your eyes”
FYI: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” is a show tune written by American composer Jerome Kern and lyricist Otto Harbach for their 1933 musical Roberta. It was sung in the original show by Tamara Drasin. It was originally recorded by Gertrude Niesen, on October 13, 1933. I remember listening to it sung by Nat “King” Cole (performed in 1946).
~~~~~~Evening Look~~~~~~~~~~~Daytime Look~~~~~~~Shadow & Sm. Liner Brush
Here is step-by-step diagram on how to get that look…
(glam s.c.a.m. beauty).
May I suggest using quality products like “Nars” or “Bobbi Brown”. You can find these great Fall colors for a great price at Sephora®! Using quality brands allow the look to last longer and not absorb so quickly in your skin as the evening goes into night!
If you have almond-shaped eyes…lucky you–if not–time to do make-up tricks to “get it got it”!
TIP the Nail tip with saturated colors of Fall on a nude nail color bed…may I recommend a new brand I found “Essie ®“…loooooooove it!
This look is eye catching yet professional enough that will not offend the sensibility of your supervisor at work…she may even ask you…”where did you get that look?”
Tips for Fall: Don’t let your skin fall away from its summer glow!
As grasses and flowering plants contract, wither and drop their fruits so do we, we become a little dryer, our bodies’ conserve energy, require more and deeper rest.
1. Wear sunscreen every day : Yes, in the colder seasons like Fall or Winter the sun is still out there; and although you may not be exposing as much to it as you would in summer, the dangers to your skin are still there (Yahoo). A dermatologist, Dr. Jeanine Downie, says that: “You should be wearing an SPF 30 every day, not only to protect against skin cancer but to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, and uneven skin tone.”It is important not to “forget that applying sunscreen once a day is not enough you should reapply every couple of hours! (Perfect Locks) Also, “Just because you may not be laying on the beach in the Caribbean it doesn’t mean you can forget the sunscreen for the next 6 months. Sunscreen is a daily essential, so don’t set it aside. (about.com Skin Care).
FYI: Despite the lack of sun some of us might be starting to experience, you still need to exercise caution when it comes to protecting your skin from UV rays. Winter doesn’t necessarily signal a break from sun exposure, especially for those who exercise or work outdoors. UV rays penetrate through clouds and overcast skies, and reflect off waters, cement, sand, and even snow. It is important to note that some of the most common sites of skin cancer lesions are the areas of the body that endure year round exposure, such as your hands, face, ears, and the left arm of drivers in most countries (some countries it is the right arm like our neighbors across the pond…e.g Great Britain). Continue using SPF rated products (vashonorganics.com/education).
2. Body Care: “You will want to find a shower gel that is “soap-free” as well as hydration. In the Fall and Winter, I like to put away the gels and bring out a creamy body wash. (about.com Skin Care). Summertime shower gels are fruity and sweet smelling and we love them. However, the extra alcohol used to give these cleansers an aroma may be detrimental to your fall skin care. In Fall and winter use products that are gentle and without fragrance. For example, milk bath and creamy shower gels the work best during the colder seasons. Celebrate the season with skin care products that contain oatmeal or pumpkin in them (Yahoo). “Ditch the soap. Fragrant soapy scrubs might feel (and smell) wonderful after a day at the beach, but they leave your skin dry. When Fall arrives, switch to a soap-free hydrating cleanser. It’s time to put away the gels and bring out the creamy body wash
TIP: Avoid baths and showers that are too hot, and cool the water before you get out. Your skin will retain more moisture this way and you won’t go through the temperature shock so much when you get out (beautytipsonline.com).
TIP: A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda, can help relieve skin that is so dry it has become itchy (webmed.com/health-beauty).
2. Exfoliate regularly: The summer sun and chlorine may have left your skin feeling dry and flaky. Start the new season off with a full-body exfoliation session ( A Womans Health Magazine) According to Dr. Fusco: “A good exfoliating agent will slough off the dull top layers, minimizing wrinkles, acne, and dry spots to reveal new, healthy, glowing skin.” You don’t have to exfoliate everyday- perhaps only 2-4 times a week. “I think oily based scrubs are perfect for Fall and Winter because you are getting the exfoliating benefits with the extra bonus of hydrating oils. And when it comes to oily scrubs, the choices are endless! (about.com Skin Care). Also, it will improve your skin as it brings healthier cells to the surface of your skin. Use an oil-based scrub instead of a salt scrub to protect your skin in the fall season. Avoid massaging your skin vigorously when exfoliating your skin (eCellulities.c0m). It may look odd and gloopy, but an oily scrub is an excellent product to use for sloughing away dead skin cells and tiny bumps on your legs, arms and tushy.
TIP: Avoid exfoliators with large crystals or chunks, as they are too abrasive. Use products with the tiniest beads possible to successfully exfoliate without destroying the surface of your skin (sheknows.com/beauty-and-style).
TIP: Another tip to aid in the removal of toxins from the skin this Fall is to use an exfoliating loofah while bathing. Loofahs help to remove dead skin cells that accumulate on the skin’s surface, help to open your pores and can also increase blood circulation, all of which will aid in the faster elimination of toxins exiting through the skin’s surface (vashonorganics.com/education)
FYI: Harsh soaps full of dyes and fragrance can often strip your skin’s essential oils, leaving your skin dry and cracked (vashonorganics.com/education).
3. Keep it Moist: Moisturize EVERYDAY I cannot stress this enough; if you want to keep dry skin at bay, you must hydrate your skin on a daily basis. The best time to apply your lotion is right after you have dried off after your shower or bath. Seal in the moisture that is already been absorbed into your skin ( A Womans Health Magazine).
3. Switch from lotion to cream. Shower, dry and dress is the summer routine. For good Fall skin care that should change to shower, dry, moisturize and dress. Add plenty of moisture to your body every day (Yahoo) As the air becomes drier, your skin needs a thicker moisturizer. Creams provide a stronger oily barrier, which means they both reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin and provide hydration to this layer of skin at the same time (A Womans Health Magazine).
TIP: When you wash your face with a cream cleanser, you will not have to worry about it stripping the natural oils from your skin (voices.yahoo.com/tips).
4. What you eat and drink influences the condition of your skin: It is a well-known fact that staying hydrated by drinking water can only do good things for your skin. What you may not know is that adding antioxidants to your skin care and diet will “will help to combat free radical damage, reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and inflammation,” says Dr. Jessica Wu. Eat brightly colored fruits, vegetables, and olive oil and use topical products that contain vitamin A (retinol), vitamin E, vitamin C, and coffeeberry on your skin. (perfect locks)
TIP: When you don’t drink enough water and fluid volume becomes diminished, the ability of the body to remove toxins through urination is also decreased. These toxins must then be eliminated in other ways such as through the skin. The increase in body toxin levels can also cause headaches and fatigue. However, no matter how much water you drink, some toxins will still try to exit the body through the skin (vashonorganics.com/education)!
I read a great article that I will like to share and it reads: “To promote inner harmony and clear skin, the time of the autumnal equinox is a traditional time to adjust our dietary intake and pursue some form of internal cleansing with herbs, juicing, or modified fasting. Eliminating all sugar, wheat, dairy and fried foods for 2 or 3 weeks is very helpful for decongesting your system and cleansing and will noticeably increase your energy and sense of clarity. Drinking burdock (Arctium lappa) tea, an alterative and liver support, is noted for promoting clear skin. I have found Healthy Skin Tonic or Burdock-Red Root Compound very effective for general support of organs of elimination and lymphatic system cleansing. Taking elder flower (Sambucus nigra) tea helps support the skin’s elimination functions, helpful in preventing or eliminating papules, milia and retained sebum in the fall when we generally perspire less and there is contraction of the tissues. Keeping well hydrated internally and humidifying room air will help prevent the tendency to develop chapped skin and dry, uncomfortable nasal passages. Do keep exercising to keep your system from feeling sluggish – Tai chi or qigong are wonderful for staying energized and fit in the dark months (eco-beauty.com/skin-care-fall-winter).” For more suggestions see “Autumn Health Tips at ElisonHaas.com website.
Because of the onset of dry Fall and Winter, don’t forget about your lips and skin around your eyes in your fall skin care regimen. The delicate skin around your eyes can be impacted by Autumn and Winter dryness because they do not produce oil or moisture like the rest of the face, so make sure you’re using a moisturizing eye treatment cream for the skin around your eyes. (Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6606899)
P.S. Don’t forget the Lips: Use Lip Balm. It’s good to use a lip balm with SPF as it will protect your lip from the sun, wind, and cold. Usually, the lip skin becomes chapped in colder months. By using a lip balm, you can easily avoid dry and chapped lips. “Use a non-petroleum based lip balm for best results (A Womans Health Magazine).
TIP: To remove any unwanted dry skin off of your lips, you can exfoliate them with your toothbrush when you brush your teeth. In a pinch, add a dab of Vaseline to protect them (beautytipsonline.com).
TIP: Good ingredients to look for in lip products are jojoba oil, shea butter, avocado oil, and mango oil. These moisturizing lipids can work wonders to keep your lips luscious (vashonorganic.om/education).
P.S. Don’t forget your Hands: Dead give away of the cooler weather are hands with dry cracked cuticles. And many times your regular hand cream isn’t heavy-duty enough to tackle those super dry cuticles. But by investing in a cuticle oil, you can quickly take care of the cracked skin and avoid that painful condition that is so wide-spread in the colder months.
TIP: Simply apply oil onto your cuticles and rub in. Do this a couple times a week for best protection. Be proactive in your nail care by apply a drop of cuticle oil to the nail beds and rubbing the oil into the cuticle at least once a week.
FYI: Hands that may have been damaged from UV rays this summer need extra care to stay soft and moist during the dry season . Your hands also need special attention and specific products because the skin on the hands tend to be thinner than on the rest of your body, and is often exposed to more drying agents.
P.S. S.S. Don’t Forget your Feet: Repeat after me, “I will not let my feet go without proper care this Fall and Winter”. Say it, and mean it. Your feet are going to be stuck inside your boots and heals for months to come…no more freedom of the flip-flops, and if you continue taking care of them and exfoliating them on a regular basis, you will have no problem popping back on your sandals when the time comes.
Plus, having nice feet just make you feel good, so grab a foot scrub and brush and keep it in your shower. My all-time favorite is H2O Plus: Pumice Foot Scrub. Scrub your feet 1-2 times a week and you will enjoy soft feet that will not snag your blanket (lol). Ouchie!
Oh yes Ladies and Gentlemen treat yourself to a Spa Treatment during the Fall, you and your body will thank me!!! Your body needs to detox, de-stress, and it is deserving (lol)!
During the dry season of the Fall and Winter you may begin to notice not only a drying of your body; but that of your hair as well…and this can lead to shedding which means more hair is Falling out in the Fall. Therefore you may want to change your Hair Care treatment like you change your products for your skin (afterall the scalp is skin too). Rock a new look or Update your old look this Fall
…whether you add length for a longer style hitting your back or keeping it simpler with a just past shoulder length…
or even shagging it out to your neck or selecting a chic look shorter pulled back behind the ear
Hair can be used here to accentuate your gorgeous facial features, illuminate your skin color and make you smile with approval when you look into the mirror!
MEN, it is the season to PREP for the Fall PREPPY LOOK!
Now there is a look called “Urban Preppy”..it is has traditional tailored construction with a dash of cool. Clean straight lines are in style…fabric with tweed, wool, corduroy, and leather.
Pull out of he back of your closet…or head out to T J Maxx, Marshall, Target or The Rack® purchase a Cotton button-down Shirt or a Cashmere Turtleneck, Wool Argyle Sweater or Chunky Cashmere Cardigan, Dark Wash Denim Trouser or Corduroy Pant, Tweed or Houndstooth Jacket, and a Houndtooth scarf with a Leather Jacket or Pea Coat.
The above is an example of the Argyle Pattern. (Can be displayed in Pullovers and Socks).
Above is an example of the Houndstooth Pattern (Can be displayed in Jackets and Ties)
Above is an example of Tweed (Can be displayed in Coats and Jackets)
Above is an example of Corduroy (Can be displayed in Pants and Jackets) Don’t forget the gold framed Aviator Shades or the iconic Tortoise-Shell Rayban® sun glasses to put the look in prospective.
Thank you to the influence of television programs/shows like “Mad Men” and Gossip Girls”; because no more sloppy looking sagging jeans that placed mens underwear on display and over-sized white t-shirts. Now, men are dressing smart and dapper…so bye-bye super baggy & sagging low riding jeans “hello” Skinny or Straight pants.
FYI: Sagging began in prison, where oversized uniforms were issued without belts to prevent suicide and their use as weapons. The style spread through rappers and music videos, from the ghetto to the suburbs and around the world.
Now, it is cool and laid back…and chilled out! You can take this look from the College Campus to the Board Room!
don on a Driver style cap: cap it with a hunting-inspired Scottish Walking Hat
..why not try on a Wetherby style hat: or tip your hat with flair with a Fedora:
Only men that are not afraid of looking good can pull off these looks…I find it reminiscent of the 1940s…..all the way smooth as jazz!
Fall Time: Things to do in the Fall without it being a season that is a total fail!
1. Read a good book or better yet “the” Good Book!
…no excuse you can now read a book on your tablet or a kindle®
FYI: Non readers or poor readers often have low opinions of themselves and their abilities. Feelings of isolation and have low self-esteem can surface. As we live in an age overflowing with information, reading is the main way to take advantage of it. “Reading, like no other medium, can transform your life in a flash, and you never know which book, at which time in your life, might be the one that rocks your world and inspires you to grow in ways you never thought possible.” Also, another benefit of reading is that it builds your vocabulary from book reading. Further, reading gives you an insight into the diversity of ethnicity of people, their customs and their lifestyles. You’ll become more aware about different places and their codes of conduct in those places.—Burke Hedges.
2. Start a Scrapbook or Create a “Vision Board”.
FYI: Vision Board (similar to the one pictured above) is simply a visual representation or collage of the things that you want to have, be, or do in your life. It consists of a poster or foam board with cut-out pictures, drawings and/or writing on it of the things that you want in your life or the things that you want to become. The purpose of a vision board is to activate the law of attraction to begin to pull things from your external environment that will enable you to realize your dreams (By Tristan Loo).
3. Clean /and/or Organize a room in your house.
FYI: It is said that “cleanliness is next to Godliness”, although this is NOT a direct quote from the Bible. According to the fourteenth edition of ‘Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable,’ it is an old Hebrew proverb used in the late 2nd century by Rabbi Phinehas ben-Yair. First attested in the United States in the ‘Monthly Anthology and Boston Review’ . The proverb is found in varying forms.” However, come-on you know that a clutter unkept house is akin to a clutter and unkept mind. For example in you had a meeting with a lawyer and his or her office was cluttered and disorganized; would you be comfortable with him or her handling your concerns? I think not.
4. Begin a Work-Out Program and Start Eating Healthier and Drinking more Water.
FYI: According to studies from the Mayo Clinic ” if you are worried about heart disease? and are Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.”.
FYI: Eat healthy to combat diseases like type 2 diabetes. Obesity is a major risk factor in this disease. According to the American Diabetes Association’s website, other complications affiliated with type 2 diabetes are heart disease, blindness and kidney failure. Decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes by consuming food and beverages that are low in sugar. Eliminate food and drinks made with high-fructose corn syrup. Substitute with herbal tea and water. These healthy alternatives help lower calories and are refreshing. Also, eat salads, raw or steamed vegetables, and whole grains. Most healthy foods have low to no cholesterol. For instance, fresh fruit and vegetables have zero cholesterol. According to the American Heart Association’s website, high cholesterol raises the risk of heart disease. Your arteries may slowly develop a buildup, which narrows the arteries. Narrowed arteries can lead to a heart attack or stroke. An active digestive system is another reason healthy eating is important. Avoid constipation by including whole grains, like whole-wheat bread and oatmeal for fiber, in your daily eating plan. Other high-fiber foods include fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as beans, such as kidney, black and pinto.
Being overweight can be an unpleasant and embarrassing experience. Unwanted fat deposits on the thighs, stomach, and back may leave you feeling self-conscious and depressed.
FYI: How much water do you need to drink? At least twenty percent of the water you need comes from the foods you eat. The rest comes from the beverages you drink. Some experts believe you can estimate the amount of water you need by taking your weight in pounds and dividing that number in half. That gives you the number of ounces you may want to drink each day. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you might want to drink at least 80 ounces of water or other fluids per day. Other factors include amount of physical activity and the climate where you are located. The lungs, muscles, brain and blood are all composed of water and they must be properly hydrated to ensure their functioning. Additionally, water is needed to regulate body temperature.
Discussing eating and drinking there are certain Foods and Drinks that are very complimentary to the Fall Season.
What is Falling into the Pot in the Fall Season!
Time to warm-up “ike the spy who came in from the cold”… may I suggest a Stew or Soup!!!
FYI: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a 1963 Cold War spy novel by British author John le Carré. It has became famous for its portrayal of Western espionage methods.
Is Chili a stew or a Soup? After doing a little research I discovered that Stews are heartier, thicker, and more flavorful than soups, with so many ingredients introduced; chili would have to be a Stew in my humble opinion. Therefore, chillin’ with Chili can take off the chill of Fall (lol)!
I must confess after tasting “Turkey” Chili…I will never go back to beef (and of course swine or pig is out of the question). Add to Turkey Chili, a sprinkle of 3 shredded Cheeses (namely Sharp Cheddar, Parmesan, and Gruyère), a tablespoon of finely chopped Scallion Onions, and a dollop of Crème Fraîche.
do not care for that fowl…then try Chicken…
White Chicken Chili Soup
Ingredients for white chili soup:
1 pound boneless chicken breast
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion diced,
4 garlic cloves diced,
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon anise seed
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
3 15 ounce cans cannelloni beans
1 cup chicken broth
1 7 ounce can diced green chilis
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup dry white wine
shaved parmesan cheese
Instructions for white chili soup: 1. Rinse chicken pieces and remove skin. Chop into 1 inch size pieces. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 2. In a large pan….Saute onion olive oil along with the oregano, cumin, anise seed,and red pepper flakes until slightly softened. 3. Add chicken to the pan and saute for another 5-10 minutes. 4. Drain the juice from the cannelloni beans. Save 1/2 cup of the liquid from the beans. Add this liquid, beans, chicken broth, green chilis, and whipping cream to the pan. Simmer for 15 minutes on low heat. 5. If desired, top with shaved parmesan and chopped cilantro.
While on one of my vacations I visited France and visited my, then boyfriend’s family, his mother prepared a delicious Soup called French Onion Soup (the best I ever had)!
Yes underneath that crisp French Bread and Cheeses is a savory soup that is riddled with onions and other tasty seasonings..so eat it with a “Fork” on top than use a “Spoon” on bottom!
…and for dessert Fall into a pot of Chocolate Fondue…
FYI: Fondue is Swiss in origin and is a baked soufflé-like dish of hot liquid in which small pieces of food (in this case fruits, cakes and marshmallows) are cooked or dipped: beef fondue; chocolate fondue.
…and it can be quite romantic too ( yet another method to stay warm in the chilly Fall season=Fondue>>>>>>just kidding I meant Romance)!
Now that we have discussed the Science, Skin Care, Fashion, and Dishes of the Fall season…we know it is a time of “coming to the end” as we will “lose an hour” (you remember daylight saving…fall backward and Spring forward), we know that when coming to any “end” you should look back in reflection and reevaluate your past actions and decisions as you look forward to what is new!
The Beauty of Fall…allows one to easily fall in love with Fall!
So, as you walk through the Fall leaves, drink in the fresh crisp air, think not of chemistry; but of the wonderous of creation and of our God and His beautiful handiwork…think of Fall!!!!